Sanicle - Sanicula europaea


Short to medium hairless plant. Leaves are shiny green, palmately lobed with three to five wedge shaped toothed lobes, teeth ending in a short bristle. Flowers are pinkish or greenish white, borne in tight, uneven umbels, bracts are small and linear.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Deciduous woodland.

When to see it

Flowers May to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread, but often local, found in most of Britain except eastern England and the north of Scotland.

VC55 Status

Local in Leicestershire and Rutland.  In the Flora of Leicestershire (Primavesi and Evans 1988) it was found in 71 of the 617 tetrads, and in 24 tetrads in the Flora of Rutland (Messenger 1971).

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, old woodlands, occasional

It is listed on the current VC55 Rare Plant Register (Hall and Woodward 2022) because of its threat-level

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Wood Sanicle, Sanicle
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
27/05/2000 (MBNHS;Steve Woodward)
Last record:
20/02/2024 (Bell, Melinda)

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